I love to support our Italian heritage and share with you the amazing things happening in Italy so you can experience our beautiful country, or just know a little more about it!

 

It is no secret by now, I have a passion for good food, from our pizzas to salads, and this passion is just as strong in my motherland Milan, so strong that this year, it was chosen as the host to the biggest Universal Exhibition in the world EXPO, which in 2015 sees as protagonist our favourite subject “food” and the human impact on the planet related to it.

When we talk about food in fact, we are not simply talking about nutrition, but also about traditions, cultural identities, research, innovation and sustainability….

 

And what better place than Milan to give the opportunity to over 140 countries to show the best they have to offer in technology with a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, whilst respecting the planet. This is a cause we also feel strongly about, and we agree with the expo’s motto ‘Feed the planet, energy for life’. With approximately 870 million people undernourished from 2010-2012 and 1.3 billion tons of food going to waste each year, it is a current issue that the Milan Expo 2015, is bringing to attention and searching for the solution.

 

The expo has 4 thematic areas. The first is called Pavilion zero, this section takes you through the history of mankind via its relationship with food. Haven’t mankind always loved pasta? The second area is the future food district. Here is the exhibition of how technology will change food storage, distribution, purchase, and consumption. The third area is all about the planet’s ecosystem and is based in a large garden where things are reproduced, this is called the biodiversity park. The fourth and final are is arts and food. Based in Milan itself, at the Triennale Museum, this is an exhibition exploring food and art over the centuries.

 

Not only is the Milan Expo bringing to light important global issues, it is also an opportunity to find out about taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries. It is the biggest restaurant in the world, with more than 150 restaurants, bars, food and beverage corners, kiosks and street food stations. For foodies like us, there are plenty of places to try some authentic Italian cuisine, just make your pick without fear, all is good there!! If you are Italian, have Italian parents or ancestors you can also be part of their ‘Made of Italians’ programme and get great discounts and special rates to help organise your trip to Milan and the expo.

 

Milan is an incredible city in itself, in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, it is the global capital of fashion and design. If the delicious food isn’t enough to make you want to visit Milan this summer, it is also home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper or you could discover Michaelangelo’s unfinished masterpiece. Milan has beautiful architecture, and you can climb 150 steps to the top of the Duomo Cathedral.

 

Unfortunately, not all of us are able to get to Milan this summer to experience this global event, celebrating great food and its future, so for now, we are just going to have to enjoy the delicious food we know and love! Unlike the expo, you can come see us all year round and we can bring Italy to Leeds, bringing you great food to the standard you would see at Milan expo 2015 and in the heart of Italy.